Friday, April 23, 2010

Things I've made

Well it's one of those days, where I want to post but don't really know what about. I had a post all ready about eBay sellers and shipping...quite abrasive I must say.

In short : eBay and Etsy sellers, when a buyer (me) asks for FIRST CLASS SHIPPING  we mean First Class shipping. And I'm no idiot, I know what a Pyrex bowl weighs and I know that Canada is in group 1 and I can understand the USPS web site quite well! So don't quote me 30.00$ shipping for a 16 oz bowl ok??? Even if you wrap it with rocks, it will be around 10.00!!!
I know I sell stuff on eBay and on Etsy, don't try to fool me!!!

WOW! that feels good! So next I want to welcome my newest follower: Missouri Michael from Cul-De-Sac Shack . A delightful retro blog, Michael. Thanks for stopping by.

Next I feel I must also thank Sandy (AKA Doris he Great) from Aging Disgracefully for blogging about these sweet,sweet solar LAMPS. Today I took the bus and bought 6; if I like the effect at night I will go and buy some more 2morrow. They are adorable and for 2.49$ each quite a steal (and you can buy them in CANADA!!!)

Ok now things I've made:

Tofu: That was a lot of work for nothing....but it tasted quite good! All that boiling and steeping and mashing when you can buy a brick of tofu anywhere for 1.99$

Sausage: I love these and even if they are time consuming; I know what's in them....No cow poo or listeria...You've seen the insides of my water bottles....I'm still freaking out about this!
I make a mean Italian sausage and a meaner breakfast patty.

Beer: I loved my homemade beer except that the fart factor was humongous. This was time consuming but worth it as well. I stopped making beer because I couldn't control the temperature in my old drafty under insulated house.

Assorted cordials and liquors: I love making these, but nobody ever drinks them...except once in a blue moon....The Limoncello was horrible you could remove paint from old furniture with this....

Jewelry: I went cuckoo for jewelry a couple of years ago and took some courses. I probably don't have any talent because I can't sell most of my creations. But I still make some necklaces and earring for myself and my friends.

Bread: This is fun, but I never quite obtained the results I want....I tried the no knead variety but I had to warm my oven so high I thought my house would burn down....

The quilt: well I've been working on this one for....5 years??? I work on it a couple hours then I forget about it for months! When I lost my job it was on my to do list....2 years ago. So this is still a work in progress! 

Home Canning: It took me quite a while to master, but now I can make some blackberry jam (from my garden) without spazzing out! I discovered canning in 1997; I lost my job then too and I discovered that I suffered from an advanced case of squirrelitis ( must build humomgous stocks of food). The joke was that if the cats didn't move I would try to can them.....

Well that's it for now...I didn't really have pick from my projects (the were lost in the big computer burnout of 2009) so I inserted cat pics. The small grey one in the tent (my avatar) is Yoda she's all grown now (she was named by my SD who is a Star Wars nut) and the beautiful boy in the hostas is Boubou.

Have a great weekend! I hope I get to thrift...I'm definitely an addict! I itch all over.....

6 comments:

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

You're quite welcome, Vonlipi! (Don't tell anyone but I went out and bought 4 more solar lights too.)

I love that you mentioned the high fart factor in your homemade sausages; I never would have guessed. Now the beer, perhaps. My Ex used to make beer that smelled (& tasted) like cow pee; and his wine had the bouquet of "an aborgine's armpit", to quote Monty Python! I bet your cordials might be nice with some Sprite added, huh?

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh my, cow poo. I want to comment on so much here but after you said cow poo I sort of lost it all...

on the ebay thing - yeah I know. Shipping to Canada - well out of the US, many sellers don't want to do it and so they jack up the price so high that you won't do it. The thing with shipping though is sellers arent supposed to make money off it and technically that would be unless the seller is only offering priority flat rate - so, you can actually report the seller if they are saying they are going to ship first class for 30 bucks and based on weight, no way. Ebay may or may not choose to deal with it...

But they are getting very picky about that kind of thing and there is a place to report it...

cow poo, man.

Vonlipi said...

Tracy! You make me laugh so hard! It seems that if you watch Food Inc. you will see cow poo to last you a life time! I watched Law and Order SVU this week and it took place in a meat processing plant!EEEWWW enough to make you into a vegan!

Sandy: I can't wait for the sun to go down to see the lights...hihihi I feel like a little girl!
by the way the fart factor was in the beer...not the sausage ;)

Maureen said...

Oh my - you are all over the place girl! And very busy!

I know what you're saying about ebay sellers who gouge on shipping. I just don't buy from them. They think they are protecting themselves so that they get the amount that they want on an item. With me, they lose a sale. Now about the 1st Class shipping, the maximum weight in the US has changed from 16 oz to 13 oz. It's USPS that made that change, not sellers.

Love your kitties - so cute.

Mom Walds Place said...

Do ya feel better now that you got that out of your system?

Hmm, maybe some of the folks with the high shipping got ripped a few times. Does this sound like it's from personal experience?

Now I quote high and adjust later. It's easier and pain free.

I'm loving your homemade list, especially the one about canning the cats...poor cats.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Hey, I was a vegetarian for 6 or 7 years after ordering a lobster once.. stuffed whole lobster came with eyes on it. No kidding. Didnt eat meat till about my 7th month of pregnancy... All I could think the whole time I was pregnant - speaking of cow poo - was baloney...

swear.